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    August 23, 2009
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hurricane bill is getting weaker but whipping waves around on the east coast. we'll tell you where swimmers are warned to stay out of the water. wildfires are burning out of control for thousands of people to make a late night run to safety, literally, and threatening an historic city. also a group of senior citizens have finally come of age. it's a milestone as teenagers that's become commonplace today. good morning to you. this is hln, sunday, august 23ord. areas of massachusetts are under a tropical storm warning
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even though bill is weakening. beaches close as bill causes dangerous riptides. that doesn't stop people from camping out to see how high the waves get. >> i'd like to see some ten foot waves up there, i really would. just for a change. something exciting. >> that woman could get her wish by tomorrow night. that is when forecasters say swells will get as high as 19 feet. but the storm is expected to stay offshore. the storm is certainly keeping meteorologist reynolds wolf busy this weekend. hey, reynolds. what's the latest word. >> it continues to weaken, winds at 85, gusting to 105 miles an hour. still a strong storm. you'll notice a lot of dry air starting to move into the western half of the storm as the storm continues to make its way to parts of the north and northeast. it's going to get cooler water. wind expected in the afternoon hours, 75 miles an hour sustained, then moving to nova
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scotia, halifax, heavy surf and rainfall. 2:00 a.m. monday morning with winds of 65 miles an hour. we now have a forecast of it making landfall as a tropical storm, then move to the northeast, out into the atlantic and into the pages of history. that i the latest we have on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. reynolds, thanks so much for the very latest on bill. meanwhile, take a look at this. this eye report from bermuda shows strong winds that hit the area. 15-year-old cher essa said they boarded up holmes, looking rough there. didn't hit bermuda too hard, just rain and flooding. after yesterday, there was sunny weather. 3700 customers did lose power. good news, no deaths reported. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast around this hour and the entire morning. but since we are hln, we move on now to some of the other stories making headlines. a massive wildfire has
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reached the suburbs of athens greece. overnight thousands of people were forced to run for safety during a frantic evacuation. that sent fires raging out of control. look at that crews are up against. officials say this is one of the worst fires they have seen. a wall of raging wildfires closed in on villages northeast of athens. frantic residents and volunteers tried desperately to save their homes. for some it was too late. >> only 1 million greeks coming out could we manage to put this out. >> reporter: the government has declared a state of emergency. >> this particular fire as of late friday near the village 25
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northeast of athens, it spread quickly. when gail force winds rekindled the flames. >> more than 300 firefighters, soldiers backed by water bombers are battling the flames. strong shifting carowinds are making a difficult job tougher. they are threatening the ancient and fabled town of marathon. fires in greece are common in hot, dry summers. three years ago the worst blaze in decades killed more than 70 people. authorities are hoping history won't repeat itself. cnn, atlanta. fbi director robert mueller has blasted scottish government for releasing the lockerbie bomber. he gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he wrote macaskill saying your action make a mockery of the grief of the families who lost
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their own. the scottish government reacted sharply that u.s. authorities made it clear, neither did they want a compassionate release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. serious accusations after a devastating bombing in baghdad. iraq foreign minister said it must have been an inside job. the government said high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the strength of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hand of the iraquis. he thinks more serious attacks will occur. the president may be vacationing in martha's vineyard but that doesn't mean he can forget about work. planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's vineyard.
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the conservative group has spent $150,000 on the ad urging president obama to drop the government-run insurance option. death toll from typhoon battered taiwan that jumped to at least 650. the country's premier calls it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and ordered evacuation. the president has promised $3 billion for reconstruction. when a blind woman was attacked, the cain she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i went, get away from me now. >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln. 
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some thieves attacked a blind woman and took the money she raised for charity. they got away about the cash. as stacy ashley reports, the woman put up quite a fight. >> i was walking down the street with my backpack on my back. >> reporter: she's a fighter by nature. she's overcome countless obstacles. she's legally blind and relies on a cain to get around. thursday night she needed her stick for something different, to fight off robbers. >> i said get away from me now. i thought this was the end. i thought they would do something drastic to me but they didn't. >> reporter: she was leaving the sports fed indication, making her way towards the bus stop when she felt someone grab her from behind. >> i felt this tug. they pulled me back. i fell down. they dragged me a couple of feet until i finally gaffe up the bag. at the same time i was hitting them with my stick like this.
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>> reporter: inside her knapsack, $250, money she raised for charity. next weekend she's supposed to take part in biking for the viking, a fund-raiser for muscles pal sclerosis. this year she was diagnosed with lung cancer. even chemotherapy wouldn't stop her. >> frustrated that somebody would take money that wasn't theirs in the first place. >> don't steal. it's just sickening. >> we're glad she still isn't deterred from coming on the bike tour and we're happy to waive the fees for her. >> good. all right. i'm going to do it, too. >> she will start tune-up her bike, getting ready for the two-day ride, proving, once again, nothing will get in her way. you know, it's never too late to celebrate coming of age,
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even at 100 years old. that's right. one of the six women who just celebrated their bar mitzvah is 100. the jewish rite of passage was meant for teenagers. back when these women were young, only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys, so they had. but women were just not even allowed bought religion. >> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the other patients. >> there she is. good for bela. celebration meant reading of the torah, prayers, celebrates the becoming responsible of the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. you're hmo may give you the chance to get care overseas to save cash. they have launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people seeking medical care. now, patients with low
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deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option. but people with high out of pocket costs could use the program as a way to cut down on their expenses. well, looks like coupons are going high-tech. hln money expert clark howard tells us about new technology that promises to help save money and trees. >> my nine-year-old loves going to self-service registers in the supermarket and scanning things with the bar code. it's like she's having a field day when she gets to ring things up. don't you wish every customer felt that way, mr. and mrs. merchant? the bar code has really not changed much in a long, long time until now. you're going to see over the next year or twosome ultraweirdo bar codes appear on food items. there's going to be all sorts of
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good things about this, including things where you get automatic coupons. you buy this or this, instead of pulling out a coupon for the companion deal, once they read both items, it will give you the coupon price. how about this? the bar code will tell you if an item is expired. and if it already is, it won't let you buy it in the supermarket. nice safety feature. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> great information. that's not it. you can get much more advice from clark today at noon. the nationally syndicated radio host and hln money expert will help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. a look at the grand opening of her new store. also what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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more on our top story, the big waves along the east coast. a big draw for surfers and dare devils. one man killed while body surfing in a beach. surfers and swimmers came dangerously close to riptides. >> i was knee-deep and i could feel it pulling back. >> only in for ten minutes and got pushed down the park here. >> how far is that you think?
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>> quarter mile. >> lifeguards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay here for hln for the latest hurricane details. elisabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate of john edwards is a business owner in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i do more moving furniture around than anything else. this is elizabeth's deal but everybody in the family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards said she was inspired to open the store by her mother who owned a store where she sold japanese techniques. a vietnam vet who enlisted in the army after the september 11th attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. this 59-year-old grandfather may
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be the oldest u.s. soldier to die in afghanistan. the pentagon said he died when his humvee hit a roadside bomb in kabul this week. his wife of 39 years said joe insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he'll take his shirt off and give it to you. we're all going to leave the world. but some of us just have a shorter time. >> he would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice in the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning from war only to fight a mental ballots at home. elaine quijano looks at the growing problem of posttraumatic stress disorder and what the military is trying to do for soldiers who suffer from this. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger, he said it was a coffee urn that
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shielded and saved him the day the suicide bomber blew up a dining hall in iraq. >> i was about 20 feet from the bomber. >> 22 soldiers died. he knew 19 of them. he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the doctor i was good to go and got back on a plane. >> reporter: he returned to combat but another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain and no training that could have stopped him from feeling. >> when you watch people that burn alive and the smells that come from that and you're coming up trying to save a family and you watch them get executed before you can get to them and save them, this isn't something you can create in real life. >> he began drinking heavily. >> i couldn't sleep. i was a walking zombie. >> eventually his higher ups intervened temporarily demoting him and forcing him into
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freemont for ptsd. he's not alone. nearly one in five service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression. according to a survey last year by the non-profit rand organization. now they are focusing more on the mental and emotional well-being with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. he believes the first step is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking week. >> stigma kills. we've got to do a culture change within the military. >> reporter: he now speaks with other soldiers about ptsd, as he did recently. his message, that soldiers can and should reach out if they need help. >> soldiers have to take control of themselves. it's not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of me. soldiers have to take care of themselves.
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>> reporter: after the army program, all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 150 question survey. it's meant to identify mental and emotional problems and direct a soldier to counseling if needed. cnn, washington. a nasa astronaut has a presidential date when he returns in space. jose hernandez is a crew member on the space shuttle "discovery" that's set to rocket into space tuesday. president calderon says he's happy he's going into space. he was invited to his home. swine flu hitting nfl. two miami dolphins sitting out exhibition game amid fears they contracted h1n1. they both felt sick late in the week and skipped this game last night.
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a team spokesman said the pair is undergoing tests. did you know prison consultant is a real job? plaxico burress hired one. not to help choosing the right prison or advising on cell decoration. the consultants will help him, quote, get the most out of prison, end quote. burris is expected to be sentenced to two years in prison on a gun charge. michael vick set to make his debut thursday, exhibition home game against jacksonville. "the washington post" reported the former pro bowl quarterback improved in practice as he works his way from 18 months behind bars. vick hasn't played in an nfl game of any kind since december of 2006. a rush to see your firstborn come into the world with 20 minutes to spare. pedroia flew home to boston. when he wanted to talk about the sox, he said, dude, i'll give you $100 to get me to mass
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general as soon as possible. happy and doing fine, the baby and mama. that's it for sports. dddddd i'll clean the pool if you clean the windows.
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you're done? she pulled a fast one! ( laughs ) new windex outdoor all-in-one. a streak-free shine in half the time. s.c. johnson, a family company. a tropical storm warning in effect for massachusetts as hurricane bill moves up the east coast. but the storm has already weakened to a category one and is expected to get weaker throughout the day. we'll keep you posted. hundreds of firefighters are trying to save homes in the path of wildfires in athens greece. these fires have been burning since friday and have reportedly charred 30,000 acres. thousands of people are being ordered to evacuate. no injuries have been report sod far. the former president of south korea has been laid to rest. thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects to dame dae jung.
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he died tuesday of heart failure. welcome back to hln. i'm susan hendricks. more on our top story, hurricane bill of the storm passed by the carolina coast. affiliate from wbt tell tells us the hurricane is kicking up dangerous conditions along the beach there. >> reporter: the beach is a good place for a midnight stroll. >> it's been good, fine. we're sun burned from today and having fun tonight. >> reporter: but a stroll is all you'll get. hurricane bill is heading north but still causing dangerous conditions from the gulf kicking up high surf and sending huge waves to shore, potentially deadly rip currents. >> lifeguards running up and down here screaming at people past their knees making them get out of the water. >> the national weather service is warning about possible flooding. ocean rescue has signs all over the beach warning swimmers away from water. >> i wouldn't go out. >> there have already been
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several rescues up and down the coast and one person is still missing. >> scary because you have to grab the little ones and they get sucked back in but it was fun. we were kind of afraid it was going to hit closer to where we were. but it was kind of exciting. >> as the day turned into night, leslie bryson admitted her family took a chance in the ocean. >> we were in all day today. not very far. this is our vacation together as a family. >> reporter: the waves could peak 10 to 14 pete according to the national weather service. they are urging people to stay out of the water until the end of the weekend. our thanks to our affiliate in carolina. people were rescued off a north carolina beach yesterday because of riptides caused by hurricane bill. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast around this hour and the entire morning. but since we are hln, we move on now to some of the other stories
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making headlines. fbi director robert mueller has blasted scottish government for releasing the lockerbie bomber. yesterday he said the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he wrote macaskill saying your action make a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own. the scottish government reacted sharply saying u.s. authorities made it clear, neither did they want a compassionate release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. serious accusations in the wake of devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq foreign minister said it must have been an inside job. the government said high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hand of the iraquis.
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he thinks more serious attacks will occur. the president may be vacationing in martha's vineyard but that doesn't mean he will be able to forget about work. a group opposed to the president's health care proposals is planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent $150,000 on the ad urging president obama to drop the government-run insurance option. death toll from typhoon battered taiwan has jumped to at least 650. the country's premier calls it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and ordered evacuation. the president has promised $3
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billion for reconstruction. the government wants to know who killed one of montana's largest grizzly bear. u.s. fish and wildlife said they are offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the bear. the carcass of the grizzly was found on a ranch in northern montana. the bear, maximus weighed in at 800 pounds and stood nearly 7 1/2 feet tall. we'll check in with reynolds for the forecast. >> although bill is moving away, the storm will create rip currents along the coast, main coast, virginia beach and carolinas. you need to watch for that danger. as the storm moves on we'll see a chance of scattered showers forming across parts of the northeast to the lakes of new york as far south as, say,
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pennsylvania back into portions of the carolinas. may deal with raindrops. same story in parts of florida. on i-95 corridor, i-55. nice and cool across much of the southeast. at least cooler than we normally get in places like atlanta and birmingham this time of year. relatively dry across the midsection. a chance of scattered showers, maybe thunderstorms. i will tell you up in big sky country, especially montana and parts of, say, wyoming, could be strong thunderstorms, maybe large hail damage and wind and perhaps a tornado. that's a quick look at the forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. the government's huge economic stimulus package was designed to help create jobs. but did you also know it may help create shorter lines at the airport. this morning our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> hey, i hope you're relaxing
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on your summer weekend. you're still going to have to take your shoes off at the airport. there's improvements on the way to get you into that plane faster. add new technology to massive government money, hey, they might as well spend it in a way you can see it. this could mean shorter lines at the airport by next year. stimulus act had a billion dollars in it that is earmarked for new airport gear. finance reports the x-ray machine, they are going to show a lot more to the a little. that means they are not going to have to take your bag, unzip it and go through your carry on. that is a huge grievance for the long carry on lines. plus a better job of detecting liquid and gel explosives. maybe we'll be able to carry our lotions and potions. but yes, you will still have to take off your shoes. i'm jennifer westhoven looking out for you. >> save some time, thank you. thanks, jen.
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more great money advice from jennifer westhoven each weekend "morning express" with robin meade at 6:00 and 10:00 eastern. when a blind woman was attacked, the cain she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i went get away from me now. >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln.
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a blind woman used her cain as a weapon when she was attacked on the street. she was collecting money for charity, multiple sclerosis. the thieves took off with $250 in cash but didn't get away
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without a fight. >> i felt this tug. they pulled me back and i fell down they dragged me a couple of feet until i finally gaffe up the bag. >> the ms charity is waiving her riding fees and letting her ride but she still wants to raise money. never too late to celebrate coming of age even at 100 years old. one of the six women who just celebrated their bar mitzvah is 100. the jewish rite of passage was meant for teenagers. back when these women were young, only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys, so they had. but women were just not even allowed into the religion. >> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the other i never got.
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>> there she is. good for bela. celebration meant reading of the torah, prayers, celebrates the becoming responsible of the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. you're hmo may give you the option of getting care overseas as a way to save chash. the four largest u.s. health insurers have launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people seeking medical care. now, patients with low deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option. but people with high out of pocket costs could use the program as a way to cut down on their expenses. i'm later smith, two of the most popular people on the planet. president barack obama and golf superstar tiger woods meeting on the golf course soon. the secret service was scoping out the ultraexclusive vineyard golf club. speculation that woods may join obama for golf while he's on
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vacation. he's known as an avid golfer as his predecessors. he tries to get in a round of golf every weekend. michael jackson vick expected to make his philadelphia eagles debut thursday, an exhibition game against jacksonville. the former quarterback hasn't played in a game in three years. eagles coach andy reid said vick will play quarterback. if asked if he might utliize him in other positions, he says, you never know. michael vick is out of jail, brother sentenced to 20 days violating probation stemming from a dwi convention. the former quarterback never played a game in nfl. bolt down your chairs. the man who did this will induct bob knight into the hall of fame nine years after the school fired the legendary coach. knight is immensely popular among hoosier fans. he's not returned and it's not
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known if he'll attend the ceremony. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. also what she has to say about the scandal surrounding her husband former presidential candidate john edwards. >> hi there, i'm robin meade. we salute the troops every weekday and we're doing it on the weekends. our salute is from the parents of sergeant jonathan nelson. he's coming home after three deployments in iraq and is going back to college. >> hello, robin. i'm from rhinelander, wisconsin. my husband scott and i want to salute our son sergeant jonathan nelson. he just returned from his third deployment in iraq. we love you, johnny and we're proud of you for serving your country for five years and we're so thankful you're returning home safely again. we can't wait to see you. love you. >> if you have somebody in the
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service, go to cnn.com/robin. watch "morning express" with me, robin meade, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern.
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more now on our top story, the big wave.
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hurricane bill is bringing beaches along the east coast, a big draw for surfers and dare devils. but it's proven deadly for one man who was reportedly killed while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to riptides yesterday. >> i was knee-deep and you could feel it pulling back really baaed. >> only in for ten minutes, got pushed down the park here. >> how far is that, you think? >> probably a quarter mile. >> lifeguards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, wife of former presidential candidate john edwards is now a business owner. yesterday was a grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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she answered the questions. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i do what i can, mostly move furniture. everybody is trying to help her. >> she was inspired to open the story by her mother where she had a charity store selling japanese antiques. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11th attacks. this man, 5-year-old grandfather, may be the oldest u.s. soldier to die in afghanistan. the pentagon said he died when his humvee hit a roadside bomb in kabul this week. his wife of 39 years said joe insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he'll take his shirt off and give it to you. that's just how he was. we're all going to leave the world eventually. but some of us just have a shorter time. >> he would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice in the
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-- with the bronze star for combat value or. a nasa astronaut has a presidential dinner date in mexico when he returns from space. jose hernandez is a crew member on the space shuttle "discovery" set to rocket into orbit tuesday. the astronaut was born in california to mexican migrant parents. president calderon said he's happy the astronaut is putting mexico's name in space. he invited hernandez to his presidential home to talk about space over dinner. students in south florida are enjoying their last day of summer as school gets ready to open tomorrow. one new high school is opening the doors to a greener way of living and learning. renee harsh of our affiliate wsbn reports. >> reporter: the first of its kind in south florida, a green school that's ecofriendly. >> it is a paperless school. it is a green school.
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i'm allowing the students to bring laptops and ipods. the teachers will be downloadin teachers have a one-on-one communication not only with the students but also the parents. >> reporter: they use ac condensation to water plants. a reflective material on the the school's roof keeps the building cool. >> with this amount of daylighting, in many classrooms you don't even need to turn on light fixtures. >> reporter: an environmental research institute will open its doors monday to more than 500 ninth-graders who will take on a green curriculum. >> environmental, robotics engineering. >> reporter: it is a green school literally and figuratively. the school colors are green and faucets have the water running for about 20 seconds. the toy lets, they say, use very little water as well.
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the fixtures in the bathroom save about 40%. >> one thing that we may have done in the past, just come in and raise the entire campus, knock everything down that was here, knock all the trees down, plant new trees and all the debris from the construction would have been removed, hauled away, taken to a landfill. we didn't do that here. we tried to preserve everything. >> reporter: the price tag -- about $500,000. but they expect to recover that money in about eight years. >> a school of this size we might be looking at about $350,000 to $380,000 a year. at this school we are looking to conserve -- to save about $50,000 to $60,000 a year. >> thanks to re nne marsh for tt story. for more information on all things green, head to our web page, cnn.com/ecosolutions. on wall street it's all about bears and bulls but in other areas of the country, it's about cows. how the nation's dairy farmers
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are suffering a crisis as severe as the one that hit wall street. d
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hurricane bill is getting weaker but it's whipping waves around on beaches along the east coast. we will tell you where swimmers are being warned to stay out of the water. and wildfires are burning out of control forcing thousands of people to make a late night run to safety. literally and threatening an historic city. also, a group of senior citizens have finally come of age. it is a milestone that's become common place today. good sunday to you. this is hln for sunday, august 23rd. so glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. we start with hurricane bill and areas along the coast of massachusetts are under a tropical storm warning, even though bill is weakening.
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beaches closed as bill caused dangerous rip tides. but that didn't stop some people from camping out to see how high the waves would get. >> i'd like to see some ten-foot waves out there. i really would. just for a change. something exciting. >> that woman could get her wish by tomorrow night. that is when forecasters think swells will get as high as 19 feet. but the storm is expected to stay offshore. the storm is certainly keeping meteorologist reynolds wolf busy this weekend. what's the lateest? >> the latest is the storm continues to weaken. the latest on it, winds are still at 85, gusting to 105 miles an hour. still a strong storm. but notice a lot of dry air moving into the western half of the storm. as the the storm continues to make its way into parts of the north and to the northeast, it is will enter cooling water and winds are expected to drop to 75 miles per hour sustained by 2:00 p.m. sunday moving well off the eastern seaboard, moving back toward nova scotia and halifax where they'll have heavy surf
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and heavy rainfall. at 2:00 a.m. monday morning, winds after 65 miles an hour we have a forecast of it making landfall as a tropical storm into newfoundland. then moving off due east, out not atlantic and into the pages of history. that's the latest on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. meanwhile, take a look at this. this i-report from bermuda shows the strong winds that hit the area. a 15-year-old girl says people in warwick long bay boarded up their homes. hurricane bill didn't hit bermuda too hard though. just left a lot of rain and flooding. after the storm yesterday, 3,700 customers were without power but no deaths were reported. we'll look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast and throughout the hour. we move on to some of the other stories making headlines.
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a massive wildfire has reached the suburbs of athens, greece. overnight thousands of people were forced to run for safety during a frantic evacuation. that was in just one of dozens of fires raging out of control. asieh namdar looks at what fire crews are up against. >> reporter: greek officials say this is one of the worst fires they've seen. a wall of raging wildfires closed in on towns and villages northeast of athens. frantic residents and volunteers tried desperately to save their homes. for some, it was too late. >> translator: only if 1 million greeks come and help could we manage to put this fire out. >> reporter: authorities evacuated two children's hospitals, campsites and villages threatened by the inferno. the government has declared a state of emergency. >> this particular fire broke out late friday near the village 25 miles northeast of athens.
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it spread quickly. when gale-force winds rekindled the flames. >> reporter: more than 300 firefighters and soldiers are battling the flames. strong shifting winds are making a difficult job even tougher. the the flames are also threatening the ancient and fabled town. forest and brush fires in greece are common in hot, dry summers. two years ago the worst blazes in decades killed more than 70 people. officials are hoping history won't repeat itself. asieh namdar, cnn, atlanta. fbi director robert mueller has blasted the scottish government's release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday muller said the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he also wrote to scottish justice secretary saying your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost
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their own. the scottish government reacted sharply saying u.s. authorities made it clear that although they wanted neither compassionate release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. serious accusations in the wake of wednesday's devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's foreign minister says it must have been an inside job. the government says several high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard but that doesn't mean he will be able to forget about work. a group opposed to the president's health care proposals is planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's vineya vineyard. the conservative group has spent more than $150,000 on the ad
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urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has jumped to at least 650. the country's premier calls it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuations. the president has promised $3 billion for recon instruction. when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i went "get away from me now!" >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln. 
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blind woman and took the money she had had raised for charity. they got away with the cash. as affiliate wctv reports, the woman put up quite a fight. >> i was walking down the street with my backpack on my back and i -- >> reporter: she's a fighter by nature. pamela has overcome countless obstacles. she's legally plind and relies on a cane to get around. but on thursday night she needed her stick for something different, to fight off robbers. >> i went "get away from me now!" i thought this was the end. i thought they were going to do something drastic to me but they didn't. >> reporter: it happen here on main street. she was just leaving the ford federation, making her way toward the bus stop when she felt someone grab her from behind. >> felt this tug. they pulled me back and i fell down and they dragged me for a couple of feet to a point where i finally just gave up the bag. but at the same time, i was hitting them with my stick like this. >> reporter: inside her napsack,
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$250. money she raised for charity. next weekend she's supposed to take part in biking to the viking, a fund-raiser for multiple sclerosis. she hasn't missed a ride in five years. this year the 51-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer but even chemotherapy couldn't stop her. >> feel frustrated right now and confused that somebody who do something like that. take money that's not theirs in the first place. >> don't steal from charitable organizations that are out there to help people. it's just sickening. >> reporter: the ms society doesn't want it to keep her from riding. >> we're glad she still isn't deterred from coming on the bike tour. we're happy to waive the fees for her. >> oh, good. all right pichl's going to do it, too. >> reporter: with that she starts tuning up her bike getting ready for the two-day ride proving once again nothing will get in her way. it's never too late to celebrate coming of age, even at 100 years old.
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that's right. one of the six women who just celebrated their barmitzvahs turned 100. back when these women were young, only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys so they h had. but women were just not even allowed into the religion. >> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the education that i never got. >> the ceremony included public reading of the torah and reciting prayers. it celebrates becoming responsible for the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. your hmo may soon be giving you an option of getting care overseas as a way to save some cash. the four largest u.s. health insurer have either launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people seeking medical care. patients with low deductibles
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have been reluctant to explore that option. but people with high out-of-pocket costs could use the program as a way to cut down on their expenses. i'm larry smith. fears of swine flu hitting the nfl. two miami dolphins players sitting out last night's exhibition game against fears they contracted h1n1. sources say quarterback sean smith and jason allen both fell sick late in the week and skipped the game last night. the pair are still undergoing tests. did you know that prison consultant is a real job? yep. former giants receiver plaxico burress has hired one. not to help choosing the right prison or advise on cell decoration. his attorney tells the "new york post" the consultants will help him get the most out of prison. he's expected to be sentenced to two years in prison on a gun charge next month. michael vick is like toy make his philadelphia eagles
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debut on thursday. the former pro bowl quarterback was reported to have improved this week in practice as he worked his way from 18 months behind bars. vick hasn't played in an nfl game of any kind since december 2006. a rush to see your first born come into the world? with 20 minutes to spare. red sox second baseman dustin pedroia rushed them to boston. he said to the cab driver, dude, i'll give you $100 to get me to the hospital as soon as possible. all are doing fine. congratulations. just two hours south of san francisco, monterey, california's aquarium offers a unique look at marine life. you don't have to go too far to find great shopping and fine dining as well making it the perfect weekend getaway. >> reporter: monterey, california has beautiful views of the coast and a world famous
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aquarium. >> we are very fortunate to be located right on the edge of monterey bay. it's the heart of the largest marine sanctuary in the continental united states. >> the monterey bay aquarium's mission is to inshire ocean conservation. and how better to do that than with 200 galleries dedicated to 25,000 plants and animals. >> reporter: step out of the aquarium and on to the pages of a john steinbeck novel. >> believe it or not, the aquarium sits on cannery row in what used to be a fish packing plant. >> reporter: it is now filled with dozens of restaurants and plenty of places to shop. outside town is the scenic 17-mile drive. the road skirts pebble beach and offers places to stop, take a photo or even have a picnic.
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the big waves hurricane bill is bringing to beaches along the east coast is certainly a big draw for surfers and dare devils. but it's proven deadly for one man who was reportedly killed
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while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to rip tides yesterday. >> well, it was about knee deep. could you feel it pulling back really bad. >> we were only in for about ten minutes. government pushed down the park here. probably a quarter mile. >> lifeguards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate john edwards, is now a business owner. yesterday it was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal though involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i'd been moving more furniture around than everything else. this is elizabeth's deal but everybody in our family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards says she was inspired to open a store by her mother who owned a charity
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store where she sold japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11th attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man, 59-year-old grandfather joe crisostomo may be the oldest u.s. soldier to die in afghanistan when his humvee hit a roadside bomb in kabul. his wife of 39 years says joe insisted on going back and s serving his country. >> he'll take his shirt off and give it to you. that's just how he is. we're all eventually going to leave the world. some of us just have a shorter time. >> he would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning for more, only to fight a mental battle here at
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home. elaine quijano looks at the growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder and what the military's trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from this. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger, 1st sergeant says it was a coffee your honor that shielded and saved him the day a suicide bomber blew up a dining hall in mosul, iraq. >> i was about 20 feet from the bomber. >> reporter: 22 soldiers died. he knew 19 of them. but he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the doctor i was good to go, got back on a plane and returned down range. >> reporter: he returned to combat but another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain. >> when you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that, when you come up and try to save family and you watch them get executed before you can
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get to them and save them, those are things you can't recreate in life. >> reporter: he began drinking heavily. >> i was getting two hours of sleep every other night. a walking zombie. >> reporter: eventually higher-ups intervened, temporarily demoting him and forcing him into treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, or ptsd. he is not alone. nearly 1 in 5 service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression. according to a survey last year by the nonprofit rand organization. now the army is focusing more attention on soldiers' mental and emotional well being with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. he believes the first step is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> stigma kills. we've got to do a culture change within our military. >> reporter: he now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd as he
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did recently at ft. hood, texas. his message -- that soldiers can, and should, reach out if they need help. >> soldiers got to take control of themselves. it is not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of me. the soldiers got to take care of themselves. >> reporter: as for that army program, all active duty an reserve soldiers will have to take a 170-question survey. it's meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems and direct a soldier to counseling if needed. elaine quijano, cnn, washington. a nasa astronaut has a presidential dinner date in mexico when he returns from space. jose hernandez is a crew member on the space shuttle "discovery" that's set to rocket into orbit on tuesday. the astronaut was born in california to mexican migrant parents. president felipe calderon told hernandez he's happy the astronaut is putting mexico's name in space. he invited hernandez to his presidential home to talk about space over dinner. a hummer dealership's
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owner's decision to add new inventory is paying off big-time. >> we had to do something other than just sell hummers. it's been a huge success so far. >> yep. how he's using gun sales to stay afloat in this tough economy. ñ
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tropical storm warning for massachusetts has been dropped. bill has weakened to a category 1. it is expected to get weaker throughout the day. hundreds of firefighters are trying to save homes in the path of several wildfires in the athens area of greece. these fires have been burning since friday and have reportedly charred 30,000 acres. thousands of people are being ordered to evacuate. no injuries have been reported so far. the former president of south korea has been laid to rest. thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects to jim dae jong today. he died tuesday of heart failure. welcome back to hln.
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glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. more on our top story, hurricane bill. the storm has passed by the carolina coast. but as affiliate wtvd tells us, the storm is kicking up swells along the beaches there. >> reporter: the beach is a good place for a midnight stroll. >> it's been good. it's been fine. sunburned some today, we're having fun tonight. >> reporter: but a stroll is about all you'll get. hurricane bill has headed north but it's still causing dangerous conditions for the coast, kicking up very high surf sending huge waves to shore and potentially deadly rip currents. >> there were lifeguards running up and down here screaming at people past their knees making them get out of the water. >> reporter: the national weather service is warning about possible flooding. ocean rescue had these signs all over the beach warning swimmers away from the water. there have already been several rescues up and down the coast and one person is still missing. >> kind of scary because you'd
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have to grab the little ones because they'd get sucked back in. but it was fun. we were kind of afraid it was going to hit closer to where we were. but it was kind of exciting. >> reporter: as the day turned into night, leslie admitted her family took a chance in the ocean. >> oh, yeah, we were in all day today. not very far, but, yeah, we weren't worried about it. this is our vacation together as a big family. >> reporter: but waves could peak at 10 feet to 14 feet according to the national weather service. they are urging people to stay out of the water until the end of the weekend. >> our thanks to cheyenne rodriguez for wtvd had north carolina. as many as 80 people were rescued from waters off one north carolina beach yesterday, just one because of rip tides caused by hurricane bill. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast throughout this hour and the entire morning. but since we are hln, we move on to some of the other stories making headlines.
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police in canada have intensified their search for a reality show contestant, maurd suspect. the royal ya canadian mounted police are centering their search now for ryan jenkins around vancouver, british columbia. jenkins seen here is a millionaire who once appeared on a vh1 reality show. he's charged with killing and dismember be his ex-wife and former model jasmine fiore. her body was found in a suitcase in a dumpster in southern california last week. fbi director robert mueller has blasted the scottish government's release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday muller said the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he also wrote to scottish justice secretary saying your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own. the scottish government reacted sharply saying u.s. authorities made it clear that although they wanted neither compassionate
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release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. serious accusations in the wake of wednesday's devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's foreign minister says it must have been an inside job. the government says several high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. he thinks more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard but that doesn't mean he will be able to forget about work. a group opposed to the president's health care proposals is planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent more than $150,000 on the ad urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has
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jumped to at least 650. the country's premier calls it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuations. the president has promised $3 billion for recon instrustrurec. a carcass of a glizly bear was found on a ranch in northern montana. the bear weighed in an estimated 800 pounds and stood more than 7 1/2 feet tall. hurricane bill is the
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billing story but not the only weather story out there. reynolds has the rest of your national forecast. >> although bill is moving away, we have to mention this storm is still going to create a lot of rip currents along the coast, main coast as far south as virginia beach, even into the carolinas. you really have to watch for the danger. as the storm moves off we're still going to see a chance of scattered showers forming across parts of the northeast from the finger lakes of new york, as far south as say the keystone state of pennsylvania, back into portions of the carolinas. same story along inland parts of florida, i-95 corridor, even i-75 look for splash-and-dash showers. cool across much of the southeast, at keeft coleast coo what we normally get in birmingham this time of year. in big sky country, montana and parts of, say, wyoming you could be dealing with strong thunderstorms, maybe large hail and damaging winds and perhaps
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even a tornado. that's a quick look at your forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. the government's huge economic stimulus package was designed to help create jobs. but did you also know it may help create shorter lines at the airport? this morning our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> reporter: hey, i hope you're relaxing on your summer weekend. you're still going to have to take your shoes off at the airport but there are improvements on the way to get knew that plane faster. add some new technology to massive government money, hey, this could mean shorter lines at airport by the end of next year. the stimulus act has $1 billion in it that's earmarked for new airport screeners. x-ray machines will show a lot more to the agents. that means they won't have to take your bag and unzip it and
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physically go through everything in your carry-on. that's a huge reason for those long security lines. plus, they're also going to get gear that does a bet. er job of detecting liquid and gel explosives so maybe we're going to be able to carry on our lotions and potions of liquids again. but, yes, you will still have to take off your shoes. i'm jennifer westhoven "looking out for you." >> get more great money advice from jennifer westhoven every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. eastern. when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i went "get away from me now!" >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln.
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a blind woman used her cane as a weapon when she was attacked on the street. she raised money to donate to a charity more multiple sclerosis. >> i felt this tug. they dragged me for a couple of feet. i fell down. i finally just gave up the bag. i thought this was the end. i thought they were going to do something drastic to me. but they didn't. >> the ms charity is waiving her riding fees. at 100 years old, 1 of the 6 women who just celebrated their barmitzvahs was 100.
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the jewish right of passage is traditionally meant for teenagers but back when we women were young only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys so they had it. but women were not even allowed into the religion. >> eventually, maybe i'll catch up with some of the education that i never got. >> the ceremony included public reading the torah and reciting prayers. it celebrates becoming responsible for the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. your hmo may soon be giving you an option of getting care oversees as a way to save cash. the four largest u.s. health insurers have either laumplncher are considering programs for overseas travelers seeking care. patients with low deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option. but people with high
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out-of-pocket costs could use the program as a way to cut down on their expenses. i'm larry smith. two of the most popular people on the planet and president obama and tiger woods meeting on golf course soon? the boston herald reports the secret service was scoping out the ultra exclusive vineyard golf club raising speculation woods may join the president for a round of golf while the obamas are on vacation. the president is known to be an avid golfer. "the herald" says he tries to get in a round of golf every weekend. michael vick is expected to make his philadelphia eagles debut on thursday in an exhibition game versus jacksonville, the former pro bowl quarterback hasn't played in a game in nearly three years. the eagles coach andy reid has set vick will play quarterback for his team but when used if he might utilize the 29-year-old at other positions, reid says, "you never know." michael vick is out of jail but his brother marcus is headed to jail, sentenced to 20 days for
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violating probation stemming from a dui conviction last october. the former virginia tech star quarterback has never played a game in the nfl. fears of swine flu hitting the nfl. two miami dolphins players sitting out last night's bolt down exhibition game against fears your chairs they contracted h1n1. sources say quarterback sean . the man who did this more than two decades ago, indiana university will induct bob knight into its athletic hall of fame nine years after they fired the legendary basketball coach. knight is still immensely popular among hoosier fans but hasn't rushed to the campus since. it is not known if he will attend the november 6th ceremony. that's sports. elizabeth edwards has a new bu business venture. a look at grand opening of her new store and what she said about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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more on our top story. big waves hurricane bill is bringing to visitors along the east coast is a big draw for surfers and dare devils but it is proving deadly for one man who was reportedly killed while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to rip tides yesterday. >> it was about knee deep. you can feel it pulling back. >> we were only in for maybe ten minutes. we got pushed down the park
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here. >> how far is that you think? >> probably a quarter mile. >> lifeguards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate john edwards, is now a business owner. yesterday it was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal though involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i'd been moving more furniture around than anything else. this is elizabeth's deal but everybody in our family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards says she was inspired to open a store by her mother who owned a charity store where she sold japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11th attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man,
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59-year-old grandfather joe crisostomo may be the oldest u.s. soldier to die in afghanistan when his humvee hit a roadside bomb in kabul. his wife of 39 years says joe insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he'll take his shirt off and give it to you. that's just how he is. he's a giving person. we're all eventually going to leave the world. some of us just have a shorter time. >> he would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning from war only to fight a mental battle here at home. elaine quijano looks at the growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder and what the military's trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from this. >> reporter: for all his
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training as an army ranger, this 1st sergeant says it was a coffee urn that shielded and saved him the day a suicide bomber blew up a dining hall in mosele, iraq. >> i was about 20 feet from the bomber. >> reporter: 22 soldiers died. he knew 19 of them. but he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the doctor i was good to go, got back on a plane and returned down range. >> reporter: he returned to combat but another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain. no training that could have stopped him from feeling. >> when you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that, when you come up and try to save family and you watch them get executed before you can get to them and save them, those aren't things you can recreate in our life. >> reporter: he began drinking heavily. >> i was getting two hours of sleep every other night. for every a year. a walking zombie. >> reporter: eventually higher-ups intervened, temporarily demoting him and forcing him into treatment for
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post traumatic stress disorder, or ptsd. he is not alone. nearly 1 in 5 service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression, according to a survey last year by the nonprofit rand organization. now the army is focussing more attention on soldiers' mental and emotional well being. with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. creed mccaslin says the first stip step is getting soldiers over their fear of looking weak. >> we have to do a culture change within our military. >> reporter: he now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd, as he did recently in texas. his message? that soldiers can and should reach out if they need help. >> soldiers have to take control of themselves. it's not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of you. the soldiers got to take care of themselves.
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>> reporter: after that army program, all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 1 is70 question survey. it's meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems and direct the soldiers to counseling if needed. on wall street it's all about bears and bulls, but in other areas of the country it's about cows. how the nation's dairy farmers are suffering a crisis as severe as the one that tha hit wall street. 8
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hurricane bill is getting weaker and it's whipping waves around along the east coast. we will tell you where swimmers are being warned to stay out of the water. wildfires are burning out of control forcing thousands of people to make a late night run to safety. literally. and threatening a historic city. also, a group of senior citizens have finally come of age. it is a milestone they were denied as teenagers. that's become common place today. good sunday to you. this is hln for august 23rd. glad you are with us. i'm susan hendricks. we start with the storm that is making its way now up the east coast. bill is weakening, and areas along the coast of massachusetts are no longer under a tropical storm warning.
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beaches closed as bill caused dangerous riptides, but that didn't stop some people from camping out it see just how high the waves would get. >> i would like to see some ten foot waves up there. i really would. just for a change. something exciting. >> well, that woman could get her wish by tomorrow night. that's when forecasters think swells will get as high as 19 feet, but the storm is expected to stay off shore. the storm is certainly keeping meteorologist reynolds wolf busy this weekend. what's the latest for us? >> it is latest we have is the storm continues to weaken. winds are still at 8a, and adjusting to 1 on 5 miles an hour. the low is a lot of dry air starting to move into the west half of the storm, and as the storm continues to make its way into parts of the in order and northeast, it's going to enter cooler water, and winds are expected as we get to the afternoon hours drop 75-mile-per-hour sustained. back into nova scotia and halifax where they have heavy surf and heavy rainfall, and then as we get through 2:00 a.m.
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monday morning with winds at 6 amiles an hour, we now have a forecast of it making landfall as a tropical storm into newfoundland. then it will move off to the northeast and due east out into the atlantic and into the pages of history. that is the latest we have on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. reynolds, thanks so much for the very latest on phil. meanwhile, take a look at this. this ireport from bermuda shows the strong winds that hit the area. 15-year-old cheresa lemaire say people in long beach boarded up their homes. looking rough there. hurricane bill didn't hit bermuda too hard, though. it left a lot of rain and flooding. after it was done yesterday, there was some weather. about preponderance00 customers did lose power. good news. no deaths reported. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast throughout this hour and the entire morning, but since we are hln, we move on now to some of the other stories making headlines. a massive wildfire has reached the suburbs of athens,
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greece. overnight thousands of people were forced to run for safety during a frantic evacuation. that was in just one of dozens of fires raging out of control. we look at what fire crews are up against. >> reporter: greek officials say this is one of the worst fires they've seen. a wall of raging wildfires on towns and villages northeast of athens. frantic residents and volunteers fight desperately to save their homes. for some it was too late. >> only if one million greeks come and help could we manage to fut putt this fire out. >> reporter: authorities evacuated two children's hospitals, camp sites, and visitors threatened by the inferno. the government has dough clard a state of emergency. >> this particular fire broke out late friday near the village which is 25 miles northeast of athens.
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it spread quickly when gale force winds rekindled the flames. >> reporter: with approximate00 firefighters and soldiers backed by helicopters and water bombers are battling the flames. strong shifting winds are making a difficult job even tougher. the flames are also threatening the ancient town of marathon. forest and brush fires in greece are common in hot, dry summers. three years ago the worst blazes in decades killed more than 70 people. authorities are hoping history won't repeat itself. cnn, atlanta. fbi drishgt robert mueller has blasted the scottish government's release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday mueller said that the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he also wrote the scottish justice secretary saying your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own. the scottish government reacted sharply saying u.s. authorities
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made it clear that although they wanted neither compassionate release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. serious accusations in the wake of wednesday's devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's foreign minister says it must have been an inside job. the government says several high level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard. that doesn't mean he will be able to forget about work. a group of hosts for the presidential's health care proposal is planning a local ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent more than $150,000 on the ad,
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urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has jumped to at least 650. it's called the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan. at least 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuations. the president has promised $3 billion for reconstruction. when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i went get away from me now! >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln. 
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with the cash, but as affiliate ctv reports, the woman put up quite a fight. >> well, i was walking down the street with my backpack on my back, and i -- >> she's a fighter by nature. pamela has overcome countless obstacles. she's legally blind and relies on a cane to get around, but on thursday night she needed her stick for something different, to fight off robbers. >> i went "get away from me now!" i thought this was the end. i thought they were going to do something drastic to me, but they didn't. >> reporter: it happened here on main street. she was just leaving the ford federation. she was making her way towards the bus stop when she felt someone grab her from behind. >> i felt this tug. they pulled me back, and i fell down, and they dragged me for a couple of feet to a point where i finally just gave up the bag, but at the same time i was hitting them with my stick like this. >> reporter: inside her knapsack $250, money she raised for
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charity. next weekend she's supposed to take part in biking for the viking, a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis. she hasn't missed a ride in five years. this year the a1-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer, but even chemotherapy couldn't stop her. >> i feel frustrated right now. i' confused that somebody would do something like that, take money that's not theirs. >> don't steal from charitable organizations. they're out there to help people. it's sickening. >> reporter: the ms society doesn't want stolen pledges to keep her from riding. >> we're glad that she still isn't deterred from coming on the bike tour, and we're happy to wave the fees for her. >> oh, good. all right. i'm going to do it too. >> reporter: with that she starts tuning up her bike, getting ready for the two-day ride, proving once again nothing will get in her way. you know, it's never too late to celebrate coming of age. even at 100 years old.
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that's right. one of the six women who just celebrated their bar mitzvahs was 100. the jewish right of passage is traditionally meant for teenagers, but back when these women were young, only jewish boys did it as i sign of becoming adult. >> my brothers were boys, so they had, but women were just not even allowed into the religion. >> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the others that i never got. >> there she is. big ceremony included a public reading of the tora and reciting prayers. it celebrates becoming responsible for the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. your hmo may soon be giving you an option of getting care overseas as a way to save some cash. the four largest u.s. health insurers have either launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people needing medical care. patients are low deductibles have been relukt yabt to explore
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that option, but people with high out of pocket costs could use the program as a way to cut down on their expenses. i'm larry smith. here's the swine flu hitting the nfl. two players sitting out an exhibition game. the mi hi harold says quarterback sean and jason allen both fell sick late in the week and skipped this game last night. a team spokesman says the pair was still undergoing tests. miami beat carolina 20-17. did you know that prison consultant is a real job? yep. former giants receiver mexico burris has hired one to help schooz the right prison or advise on cell decoration, but burris's attorney says that the consultants will help him get the most out of prison. burris is expected to be sentenced two years to prison on a gun charge next month. michael vick is likely to make his philadelphia eagles debut. it's a home game during jacksonville. the washington post reported the
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former pro bowl improved this week in practice as he works from 18 months behind bars. vick hasn't played in an nfl game of any kind since december of 2006. a rush to see your first born come into the woshld with to minutes to spare. red sox justin pedroia flew home to boston, and when the cabby wants to talk about the sox, he says, dude, i'll give you $100 to get me to mass general, and as soon as possible. he did. the baby is healthy and doing fine, and happy to report so is mama. done grat las vegases to them. well, looks like coupons are going high-tech. hln money expert clark howard tells us about new technology that promises to help save money and trees. >> my 9-year-old loves going to self-service registers in the supermarket or the discount store and scanning things with bar codes.
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it's like she's having a field day when she gets to ring the stuff up. don't you wish every customer felt that way, and the bar code has really not changed much in a long, long, long time until now. you are going to see over the next year or two some ultra weirdo bar codes start appearing on food items. they're going to be all kinds of good things about this, including things where you will get automatic coupons. where if you buy this item with this item, instead of having to pull a coupon out, once the register reads both of those items, it will give you the special coupon price. and how about this? the bar code will tell you if an item is expired and if it already is, it won't let you buy it in the supermarket. nice safety feature. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> great information. that's not it. you can get much more advice from clark today at noon.
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the nationally syndicated radio host and hln money expert will help you save more, spend less, and avoid getting ripped off. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. a look at the grand opening of her new store. also, what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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certainly i big draw for surfers and daredevils. it's proouchk deadly for one man who was recordly killed while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to riptides yesterday. snoo well, it was about knee deep, and you could feel it pulling back really bad. >> here only in for maybe ten minutes. got publiced down the park here. >> how far is that do you think? >> probably a quarter mile. >> well, lifeguards are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate john edwards, is now a business owner. yesterday was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapelle hill, north carolina.
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when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i do move furniture around as much as anything else. everybody in our family is trying to help her. >> reporter: elizabeth edwards says she was inspired to open the store by her mother who owned a charity store where she sold japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the 9/11 attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man, 59-year-old grandfather joe crisostomo, may be the oldest soldier to die in afghanistan. the pentagon says he died when his humvee hit a roadside bomb in kabul this week. his wife of 39 years says joe insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he would take his shirt off and give it to you. that's just how he is a giving
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person. we're all eventually going to leave the world, but some of us just have a much shorter time. >> reporter: joe would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning from war only to fight a mental battle here at home. elaine quijano looks at the growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder and what the military is trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from it. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger, first sergeant creed says it was a coffee urn that shielded and saved him the day a suicide bomber blew up a dining hall in mosul, iraq. >> i was about 20 feet from the bomber. >> reporter: it 22 soldiers died. he knew 19 of them. he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the doctor to get back on the plane and go back. >> reporter: he returned to
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combat, but another suicide bomb left him with a brecken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain. no training that could have stopped him from feeling. >> you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that or when you see and you are coming up to try to save a family and you watch them get executed before you can save them. those aren't really things you can recreate in real life. >> he began drinking heavily and barely slept. >> i would sleep every other night for a year. i was a walking zombie. >> reporter: eventually his higher-ups intervened temporarily demoting him and forcing him into treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, or ptsd. mccasdin is not alone. nearly one in five service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression according to a survey last year by the nonprofit rand organization. now the army is focussing more attention on soldiers mental and
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emotional well being with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. creed mccasslin believes the first step is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> stigma kills. we've got to do a culture change within our military. >> reporter: miscasslin now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd, as he did recently at fort hood, texas. his message? that soldiers can and should reach out if they need help. >> soldiers have to take control of themselves. it's not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of me. the soldier has to take care of themselves. >> reporter: as for that army program, all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 170 question survey. it's meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems and direct the soldiers to counseling if needed. elaine quijano, cnn, washington. a hummer dealership owner's decision to add new inventory is paying off big-time. >> we had to do something other
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i'm susan hendricks. we have more on our top story, including hurricane bill. the storm has already passed by the north carolina coast, but as cheyenne rodriguez tells us, the hurricane is still kicking up dangerous conditions along the beaches there. >> reporter: the beach is a good place for a midnight stroll. >> it's been good. it's been fine. sunburned from today, and we're having fun tonight. >> reporter: a stroll is about all you'll get. hurricane bill has headed north, but it's still causing dangerous conditions for the coast, kicking up very high surf, sending huge waves to shore and potentially deadly rip currents. >> there were light bars running up and done here sdreeming at people that were past their knees making them get out of the water. >> reporter: the national weather service has been warning about possible flooding. ocean rescue had these signs all over the beach warning swimmers away from the water. >> no, i wouldn't go out in that. >> reporter: there have already been several rescues up and down the coast, and one person is still missing. >> it's scary because you have
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to grab the little ones. it was fun. we were kind of afraid it was going to hit closer to where we were, but it was kind of exciting. >> reporter: as the day turned into night leslie bryson admitted her family took a chance in the ocean. >> we were in all day today. not very far, but, yeah, we weren't worried about it. this is our vacation together as a big family. >> reporter: the waves could peak at ten to 14 feet according to the national weather service. they're urging people to stay out of the water until the end of the weekend. our thanks to cheyenne rodriguez reporting for wtvd in north carolina. as many as 80 people were rescued from waters off one north carolina beach yesterday. just one because of riptides caused by hurricane bill. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast throughout this hour and the entire morning because we are hln, we move on now to some of the other stories making headlines. police in canada have
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intensified their search for a reality show contestant. a murder suspect. the royal canadian mounted police say they are centering their search now for ryan jenkins around vancouver, british columbia. jenkins seen here as a millionaire who once appeared on a vh1 reality show, meagan wants a millionaire. he is charged with murdering and dismembering his ex-wife jasmine fiore. she was found in a dumpster in southern california last week. fbi director robert mueller has blasted the scottish government's release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday mueller said the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he also wrote the scottish justice secretary kenny mccatsgil says kwlur action makes a mockery of the families who lost their own. the scottish government reacted sharply saying u.s. authorities made it clear that although they wanted neither compassionate release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release.
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serious accusations in the wake of wednesday's devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's foreign minister says it must have been an inside job. the government says several high level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks. more than a00 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. authorities think more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard, but that doesn't mean he will be able to pref about work. a group opposed to the president's health care proposal is planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's's vineyard. they've spent more than $150,000 on the ad urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has
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jumped to at least 6 auto. the country's premier called it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in auto years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuations. the president has promised $approximate billion for reconstruction. the government wants to know who killed one of montana's largest grizzly bears. u.s. fish and wildlife service says it is offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the bear. the carcass of the big grizzly was found on august 12th on a ranch in northern montana. the bear weighed in an estimated 800 pounds, and he stood more than seven and a half feet tall. hurricane bill, of course, is the big story. not the only weather story out
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there. we check in with reynolds again for the rest of your national for her. hi, reynolds. >> all bill is moving away, we have a storm that's going to create a lot of rip currents along the coast. the main coast as far south as virginia beach, even into carolina. you really have to watch out for that danger. i'll tell you, as the storm moves on, we're going to see a chance of scattered showers especially across parts from the finger lakes of new york as far south as pennsylvania and back into the carolinas. maybe with raindrops. the same story for you in parts of florida. say on the i-9acorridor for you or i-7 a. nice and cool across much of the southeast. at least cooler than what we normally get in a place like atlanta and birmingham this time of year. relatively dry across the nation's midsection. we head out to big sky country in the rockies. a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. i will tell you that up in big sky cult, especially montana and parts of, say, wyoming, it could be not only strong thunderstorms, but maybe large hail damaging wind and perhaps even a tornado.
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it is a quick look at your forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. the government's huge economic stimulus package was designed to help create jobs, but did you also know it may help create shorter lines at the airport? this morning our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> hey. i hope you are relaxing on your summer weekend. you'll have to take your shoes off at the airport, but there are improvements on the way to get you into that plane faster. add some new technology to massive government money, hey, they might as well spend your tax poir money in a way you can see it, and this could mean shorter lines at the airport by the end of next year. the stimulus act has a billion dollars in it that is earmarked for new airport gear. kiplinger's finance reports that the x-ray machine will show a lot more to the agents. that means they're not going to have to take your bag and unzip it and physically go through everything in your carry-on, and
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that is a huge reason for those long security lines. plus, they're also going to get a better job of detecting liquid and gel explosives. maybe we're going to be able to carry on our lotions and liquids again. yes, we'll still have to take off your shoes. i'm jennifer westhoven, looking out for you. >> if it saves you time, we'll take it. thanks, jen. you can get more money advice from jennifer westhoven on "morning express with robin meade" from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. eastern. when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i went "get away from me now!" >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln.
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a blind woman uses her cane as a weapon when she was attacked on the street. pamela diaz was raising money to participate in a biking charity for multiple sclerosis. the thieves ok off with $too in cash, but they didn't get away without a fight. >> i facility this tug. they dragged me for a couple of feet to a point where i finally just gave up the bag. i thought this is the end. you know, i thought they were going to do something drastic to me, but they didn't. >> pretty terrible, but the ms charity is waving the riding fees and letting her participate anyway, but she says she still wants to raise more money. you know, it's never too late to celebrate coming of age, even at 100 years old. that's right. one of the six women who just celebrated their bar mitzvahs was 100. the jewish rite of passage is traditionally meant for
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teenagers, but back when these women were young only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys, so they had, but women were just not even allowed into the religion. >> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the education that i never got. >> there she is. good for stella. it includes a public reading of the tora and reciting prayers. it celebrates becoming responsible for the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. your hmo may soon be giving you an option of getting care overseas as a way to save some cash. the four largest u.s. health insurers have either launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people seeking medical care. now, patients with low deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option, but people with high out of pocket costs could use the program as a way to cut down on their
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expenses. i'm larry smith. two of the most popular people on the planet, and are president barack obama and tiger woods meeting on the golf course soon? well, the boston harltd reports the secret service was scoping out the ultra exclusive vineyard golf course raising speculation that woods may join the president there for a ruined of golf while the obamas are on vacation. the president is known to be an avid golfer, as were his predecessors, and the harold says he tries to get in a round of golf every weekend. michael vick is expected to make his philadelphia eagles debut on thursday in an exhibition game versus jacksonville. the former pro bowl quarterback has not played in a game in nearly three years. eagles coach reid says that vick will play quarterback for his team, but when asked if he will utilize the speed in other positions, the he says you never know. michael vick is out of jail, and marcus vick is headed to jail. he was sentenced to 20 days for violating his probation stemming from a dui conviction last
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october. the former virginia tech star has never played a game in the nfl. bolt down your chairs. the man who did this more than two decades ago, indiana university will induct bobby knight into the hall of fame after they fired the legendary basketball coach. knight is still immensely popular among hoosier fans and it's not known if he will attend the november of ceremony. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. a look at the grand opening of the store. also, what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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the big wave hurricane bill is bringing to the east co-. it's a big draw tore surfers and daredevils, but it's proven deadly to one man who reportedly killed while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surf irs came close to riptides yesterday. >> well, i was about knee deep, and could you feel it pulling back really bad. >> we were only in for maybe ten minutes and got pushed down here. >> how far is that do you think? >> probably quarter mile. >> well, lifeguards are taking
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drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, the wife of fortunatelier presidential candidate john edwards, is now a business owner. yesterday was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapelle hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i do more moving furniture around than anything else. it's elizabeth's deal, but we -- everybody in our family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards says she was inspired to open the store by her mother who owns a charity store where she stoeld japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the 9/11 attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man 59-year-old grand marry joe
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crisostomo may be the oldest soldier to die in afghanistan. the pentagon says he died when his humvee hit a roadside bomb in kabul this week. his wife of 39 years says that joe insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he will take his shirt off and give it to you. that's just how he is so giving. we're all eventually going to leave the world, but some of us actually have a shorter time. >> he would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning from war only to fight a mental battle here at home. elaine quijano looks at the growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder and what the military is trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from it. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger first sergeant creed mccasslin says it was a coffee urn that shielded and saved him.
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that was a day a suicide bomber blew up a dining haum in mosul, iraq. >> i was about 20 feet from the bomber. >> reporter: 22 soldiers died. mccasslin knew 19 of them, but he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced a doctor to go. i got back on a plane and went back. >> reporter: he returned to comb combat, but another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain. no training that could have stopped him from feeling. >> when you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that and when you see and you are coming up to stri to save a family and you watch them get executed before you can get to them to save them. those aren't things you can recreate in real life. >> reporter: he began drinking heavily and barely slept. >> i was lucky to get two hours of sleep every other night, and i was a walking zombie. >> reporter: eventually his higher-ups intervened, temporarily demoegt him and forcing him into treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, or ptsd.
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mccasslin is not alone. nearly one in five service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or not alone. many report ptsd or depression. now the army is focusing more attention on soldiers' mental and emotional well-being, with new training in helping them deal with mental health problems. creed mccaslin believes the first step is to get soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> we've got to do a culture change within our military. >> reporter: mccaslin now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd, as he did recently in texas. his message? that soldiers should and can reach out if they need help. >> it's not just, hey, i need to take care of me. the soldiers need to take care
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of themselves. >> reporter: after active duty, all soldiers will need to take a 150-question survey. it's meant to identify mental and emotional problems and links to counseling if needed. elaine quihano, washington. in other areas of the country, it's about cows. how the nation's dairy farmers are suffering a crisis as severe as the one that hit wall street. . hi, there, i'm robin meade. we salute the troops every weekday on morning express with robin meade and we're doing it on the weekends, too. we're saluting scott jo-- jonatn nelson. >> we want to salute our son, sergeant jonathan nelson. he just returned from iraq.
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we're so proud of you, johnny, and we're so thankful you made it home safely once again. we can't wait to see you. love you. >> thank you, joan, if you have someone in the service go to cnn.com/robin. watch for the salutes every morning on morning express with robin meade, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern. 8
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hurricane bill is getting weaker, but there are waves around on the east coast. we'll tell you where swimmers are being warned to stay out of the water. wildfires are burning out of control, forcing people to make a run for safety literally and threatening a historic city. a group of senior citizens have finally come of age. it's a milestone they were denied as teenagers that's become commonplace today. this is hln for august 23rd. glad you're with us. i'm susan hendricks. hurricane bill is weakening, and areas along the coast of
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massachusetts are no longer under a tropical storm warning. beaches were closed as bill caused horrific rip tides. people watched to see just how high the waves would get. >> i'd like to see ten-foot waves out there, just to see something exciting. >> that woman could get her wish when they think swells will reach 19 feet, but they are expected to stay offshore. reynolds was busy this weekend. what's the latest? >> the latest is the storm continues to weaken. the winds are at 85 and gusting to 100 miles an hour. still a strong storm, but dry air moving into the western half of the storm, and winds are expected, as we get to the afternoon hours, to drop to 75 miles an hour sustained by 2:00 p.m. sunday moving well off the eastern seaboard and back into nova scotia and into halifax.
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as we get to winds of 75 miles an hour, it will move north and due east. that's the latest we have on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. >> reynolds thanks very much for the very latest on bill. this ireport from bermuda shows the strong winds that hit the area. 15-year-old teresa lemaire shows strong winds and waves. about 150 customers did lose power. good news, no deaths were reported. we'll take a look at how hurricane bill affects the east coast this hour and the entire morning, but since we're hln, we move on now to some of the other stories making headlines.
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a massive wildfire has reached the suburbs of athens, greece. overnight, thousands of people were forced to flee to safety. look at what fire crews are up against. >> reporter: greek officials say this is one of the worst fires they've seen. a wall of raging wildfires closed in on towns and villages northeast of athens. frantic residents and volunteers tried desperately to save their homes. for some, it was too late. >> only if 1 million greeks come and help could we manage to get this fire out. >> reporter: authorities evacuated two hospitals, camp sites threatened by the fires. >> this was late friday near the
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village, 25 miles northeast of athens. it spread quick when gale force winds rekind he wiled the flame. >> reporter: strong shifting winds are making a difficult job even tougher. the flames are also threatening the ancient and stable town of marathon. forest and brush fires in greece are common in hot, dry summers. two years ago, the worst blazes in decades killed more than 70 people. authorities are hoping history won't repeat itself. cnn, atlanta. fbi director robert moehler has blasted the release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday moehler said the decision gave comfort to terrorists all over the world. he also wrote to the secretary, kenny mccaskill, saying your action makes a mockry of the
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families who lost their own. he said authorities made it clear that although they wanted co no compassionate release, they preferred. iraqi forces said it must have been an inside job. several high-level personnel has been detained. at least 100 people were killed in a string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from the iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. they think more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to forget about work. a group opposed to his health care proposals are planning an ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent
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more than $150,000 on the ads, urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has jumped to at least 650. the country's premiere calls it the worst disaster to hit taiwan in over 50 years. police believe more than 400 bodies are buried beneath the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago, causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. they say the government failed to act quickly in ordering evacuation. the government has promised $3 billion for reconstruction. one blind woman was attacked. the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> i was like, get away from me now. >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln. 
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some thieves attacked a blind woman and took the money she had raised for charity. they got away with the cash, but as stacy ashley reports, the woman put up quite a fight. >> i was walking down the street with my backpack on my back -- >> reporter: she's a fighter by nature. on thursday night she needed her cane for something different. to fight off robbers. >> i went, get away from me now. >> i thought this was the end, you know. i thought they were going to do something drastic to me, but they didn't. >> reporter: it happened here on main street. she was just leaving the federation. she was going to the bus stop when she felt something grab her from behind. >> i felt this tug, i fell back, and they dragged me for a couple feet at the point where i finally gave up the bag, but at the same time i was hitting them with my stick like this.
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>> inside buote's knapp sack, $250, money she had raised for charity. the 55-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer, but even chemotherapy couldn't stop her. >> i was confused that someone would do something like that, take money that's not theirs in the first place. >> don't steal from chartable organizations. they're out there to help people. it's just sickening. >> the ms society doesn't want stolen pledges to keep buote from riding. >> we're glad she isn't detered from going on the bike tour and we're happy to waive the fees for her. >> i'm going to do it, too. >> with that she begins tuning up her bike, getting ready for the two-day ride, once again proving that nothing will get in her way. you know, it's never too
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late to celebrate coming of age, even at 100 years old. that's right, one of the six women who just celebrated their bat mitzvahs was 100. it's traditionally for young girls. >> my brothers were boys, but women were just not even allowed into the religion. >> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the education i never got. >> there she is, good for bella. the ceremony includes reciting the prayers. it's up and coming for the laws of the jewish faith. now it addresses people on the ills of dog fighting. come thursday, maybe a reminder who made him one of the best
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players in the nfl. on thursday they'll have an exhibition game at home against jacksonville. he has really improved in practice as he works his way back from 18 months behind bars. how do you tell rich people from poor ones? they hire consultants to help them get the most out of prison. he is expected to be charged to two years in prison on a gun charge. the miami herald quoted sources who say quarterback sean smith and jason allen both fell sick during the week. the pair is still undergoing tests. red sox flew home to boston tuesday morning and told a cabbie/sox fan, dude, i'll give you $200 if you get me to the
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hospital as soon as possible. he said, i don't know what i'm doing but i'm having fun the first couple days. mother and son are doing fine. that's sports. well, it looks like coupons are going high tech. hln money expert clark howard tells us about new technology that promises to help save money and trees. >> my nine-year-old loves going to self-service registers in the supermarket or the discount store and scanning things with the bar code. it's like she's having a field day when she gets to ring the stuff up. don't you wish every customer felt that way, mr. and ms. merchant? the bar code really has not changed much in a long, long, long time until now. you're going to see, over the next year or two, some ultra-weirdo bar codes start a on food items. there is going to be all kinds of good things about this, including things where you will get automatic coupons.
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if you buy this item with this item, instead of having to pull a coupon out for the companion deal, once the register reads both those items, it will give you the special coupon price. and how about this? the bar code will tell you if an item is expired, and if it already is, it won't let you buy it in the supermarket. nice safety feature. i'm clark howard. for more ways for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> you can get much more advice from clark today at noon, a nationally syndicated radio host and money expert will help you save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. a look at the grand opening of her new store. also, what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate, john edwards.
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more now on our top story, the big waves that hurricane bill is bringing to beaches along the east coast. it's certainly a big draw for surfers and daredevil did he feel --.
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swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to rip tides yesterday. >> it's really deep and you can feel it pull back. big time. >> well, life guards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane detail. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate john edwards, is now a business owner. yesterday was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i've been moving furniture around today thinking, it's elizabeth's deal, but everybody in the family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards said she was inspired to open the store by her mother who owned a charity store where she sold japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a
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family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11 attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man, 59-year-old grandfather joe crisostomo may be the oldest soldier to die in afghanistan. the pentagon says he died when his jeep hit a roadside bomb in kabul this week. his wife says he insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he would take his shirt off and give it to you. that's just how he is. he's a giving person. we're all eventually going to leave the world, you know, but some of us just have a shorter time. >> crisostomo would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning for more only to fight a mental battle here at home. there is a growing problem in
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post-traumatic stress disorder, and what the military is trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from this. >> for all his training as an army ranger, sergeant creed mccaslin says it was a coffee urn that shielded him and saved him from a body side bomb in iraq. 22 soldiers died. mccaslin knew 19 of them, but he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the doctors i was good to go, got back on a plane and went down range. >> he returned to combat but another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain, and no training that could have stopped him from feeling. >> when you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that or when you see -- and you're coming up to try and save a family and you're watching them get executed before you can get to them and save them, those aren't the things you can recreate in real life.
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>> reporter: he began drinking heavily and barely slept. >> for two years, i was lucky if i got two hours of sleep every other night. i was a walking zombie. >> reporter: eventually his higher-ups intervened and got him treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, or ptsd. mccaslin is not alone. many reported feeling ptsd or depression. now the army is focusing more attention on soldiers' mental and emotional well-being. with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. creed mccaslin believes the first step is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> stigma kills, and we've got to do a culture change within our military. >> reporter: mccaslin now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd, as he did recently at fort hood, texas. his message, that soldiers can
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and should reach out if they need help. >> the soldier has to take control of himself, it's not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of me. the soldier needs to take care of himself. >> as for the army program, all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 150-question survey. it's meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems and direct the soldier to counseling if needed. cnn, washington. a nasa astronaut has a presidential dinner in mexico when he returns to space. hernandez was born in california to mexican migrant parents. well, president felipe told him he's glad he is going into space. he invited him into his home to talk about space over dinner. a homeowner's decision to add some new inventory is paying off big time.
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>> we had to do something other than just sell hummers, and it's been a huge success so far. >> how he's using gun sales to stay afloat in this tough economy.
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the tropical storm warning for massachusetts has been dropped. bill has weakened to a category 1. it is expected to get weaker throughout the day. hundreds of firefighters are trying to save homes in a path of several wildfires in the athens area of greece. these fires have been burning since friday and reportedly have burned about 30,000 acres. thousands of people have been evacuated. no injuries have been reported so far. the former president of south korea has been laid to rest. thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects to kim il jong today.
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he died tuesday of heart failure. welcome back, i'm susan hendricks. we have more on hurricane bill. the storm has passed by the carolina coast, but the hurricane is still kicking up dangerous conditions along the beaches there. >> reporter: the beach is a good place for a midnight stroll. >> it's been good. it's been fine. the sun burned some today and we're having fun tonight. >> reporter: but a stroll is about all you'll get. hurricane bill is headed north, but it's still causing dangerous conditions for the coast, kicking up very high surfs, sending huge waves to shore and potentially deadly rip currents. >> there were lifeguards running up and down here, screaming at people who were passing me, making them get out of the water. >> the national weather service is warning about possible flooding. rescuers had warnings all over the beach, warning swimmers about the water. there's already been several rescues up and down the coast
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and one person is still missing. >> it's kind of scary because the little ones would get sucked back in, but it was fun. >> we were kind of afraid it was going to hit closer to where we were, but it was kind of exciting. >> reporter: as the day turned into night, leslie brighton admits her family took a chance earlier in the day. >> we weren't worried about it. this was our big vacation together as a family. >> reporter: but the waves could reach 10 to 14 feet. they're urging people to stay out of the water until the end of the weekend. >> our thanks to cheyenne rodriguez reporting in north carolina. more than 80 people were rescued off of waters from one north carolina beach yesterday, just one, because of rip tides caused by hurricane bill. we'll look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast throughout this hour and the entire morning, but since we are hln, we move on now to some of the other stories making headlines.
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police in canada have intensified their search for reality show contestant, a murder suspect. the royal canadian mounted police say their centering their search now for ryan jenkins around vancouver, british columbia. jenkins was once seen as a millionaire on "megan wants a millionai millionaire." he is charged with murdering his ex-wife jasmine fiore. she was found in a dumpster in a suitcase last week. yesterday moehler said the decision to release the lockerbie bomber gave comfort to terrorists all over the world. he also wrote to secretary kenny mccaskill, saying, your decision makes a mockery of the victims families. they said although they wanted
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compassionate release nor prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. one of the most devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's for eign minister says i must have been an inside job. at least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks, more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. he thinks more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard, but that doesn't mean he'll be able to forget about work. a group opposed to the health care reform proposals is working on an ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent more than $150,000 on the ads, urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the typhoon that battered
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taiwan has killed at least 650. they call it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago, causing massive mudslides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuation. the president has promised $3 billion for reconstruction. the government wants to know who killed one of montana's largest grizzly bears. the u.s. fish and wildlife service says it is offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the bear. the carcass of the big grizzly was found on august 12 on a ranch in northern montana. the bear, whose name is maximus, weighed in at a massive 670 pounds and stood up to 7 feet
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tall. hurricane bill, of course, is the big story, but not the only weather story out there. we check in with reynolds for your national weather forecast. hi, reynolds. >> although bill is moving away, we have to mention this storm is still going to create a lot of rip currents along the coast, as far away as virginia beach and into the carolinas. as the storm moves off, we're still going to see chances of scattered showers forming, especially parts of the northeast from the finger lakes of new york as far as the keystone state of pennsylvania, and same story for you in parts of florida, say, on i-95 corridor, even i-75, look for a splash of showers. nice and cool across much of the southeast, cooler than what we normally get in places like atlanta and birmingham this time of year. we head out to big sky country into the rockies, a chance of scattered showers, maybe some thunderstorms, and i will tell you that up in big sky country, especially montana and parts of, say, wyoming, we could deal not only with some strong thurt
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thunderstorms, maybe large hail and winds and perhaps even a tornado. here's a quick look at your forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. sto when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses became her weapon. >> i went, get away from me now. >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln.
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a blind woman used her cane as a weapon when she was attacked on the street. pamela buote was raising money to take part in a biking charity for multiple sclerosis.
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well, the thieves took off with $250 in cash, but they didn't get away without a fight. >> i felt this tug, and they pulled me back and i fell down, and they dragged me for a couple of feet to a point where i finally just gave up the bag. >> i thought this was the end. i thought they were going to do something drastic to me, but they didn't. >> pretty terrible, but the ms charity is waiving buote's riding fees and letting her participate, anyway, but she says she still wants to raise more money. you know, it's never too late to celebrate coming of age, even at 100 years old. that's right, one of the six women who just celebrated their bat mitzvahs fwas 100. the traditional passage of rite is usually reserved for teenagers. >> my brothers said they had, but women were just not even allowed into the religion.
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>> eventually maybe i'll catch up with some of the other things i never got. >> there she is, good for bella. it included a public reading of the torah and reciting prayers. it's celebrating the jewish faith. your hmo may soon give you an option of getting care overseas as a way of saving cash. they have launched or are considering programs for overseas travel for people seeking medical care. patients with low deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option, but people with high out-of-pocket loss could use the program as a way to cut down on their expenses. president obama loves golf or reportedly loves to talk smack on the golf course. he might want to curb that enthusiasm, though, as he matches up with tiger woods. the two pioneers have talked about playing together, and the
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secret service is scoping out the ultra-exclusive martha's vineyard golf club while the obamas are on vacation. the president bets a dollar a hole while he plays, seemingly to make money for his daughter's education. at last count, he has $2.25. better get on that. on thursday, a pre-season game against jacksonville, michael vick has a couple shots of playing in this pre-season and will wait to have his suspension lifted by roger goodell. that may not come until week 6. vick was sentenced to 20 days of violating his probation stemming from a dui charge last summer. nine years after the school fired legendary basketball coach for what then-university officials called a pattern of unacceptable behavior, knight is
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still popular among the fans, but has not returned to the campus since the firing and it's not known whether he'll attend the ceremony on november 6. that's sports. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. a look at the grand opening of her new store. also, what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards. shopping for her little girl took bonnie's life in a new directions. >> the cheapest shirt i could find was $23. i was a little desperate and couldn't spend that kind of money and then went into a consignment shop and bought one for $6, and then i was hooked. >> a stay-at-home mom, bonnie had left work in retail and suddenly got the itch to return. >> i needed an outlet, and i needed a retail outlet, something i could use, what i
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thought were my gifts and talent. >> when the owner of finders keepers decided to sell, she gave bonnie a call. >> my husband quit his job, we uprooted my two little children at the time, and we went there. my husband saw it was a profitable business mainly because you have no money in inventory. >> over the last two decades, bonnie has opened two additional finders keepers, the first in a boutique. >> we started with very meeger surroundings and a rat-in fested building and had to grow from that. but we didn't borrow a lot of money. you need to remember who you are and who your customer is, and you don't live beyond your means. . how we got started is sponsored by aflac.
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more now on our top story, the big waves hurricane bill is bringing to beaches along the east coast. it's certainly a big draw for surfers and daredevil deldaredes
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proving deadly for a man who was killed while body surfing on a nearby beach. >> you can feel it pulling back, really bad. >> we were only in for maybe ten minutes and got pushed down the park here. >> how far is that, do you think? >> probably a quarter mile. >> lifeguards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay tuned to hln for the latest hurricane detail. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate, john edwards, is now a business owner. yesterday was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> we've been moving furniture around more than anything else. this is elizabeth's deal, but everybody in the family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards says she was inspired to open the store by her mother who owned a
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charity store where she sold japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11 attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man, 59-year-old grandfather joe cristostomo may be the oldest sold soldier to die in afghanistan. he died after his jeep hit a roadside bomb in kabul this week. his wife said he insisted after 9/11 to enroll and serve his country. >> he would give you the shirt off his back. we're all eventually going to leave the world, but some of us just have a shorter time. >> crisostomo would have turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor.
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elaine quihano looks at the dproeg story of post-traumatic stress disorder and what the military is trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering with this. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger, first sergeant creed mccaslin says it was a coffee urn that shielded and saved him the day a suicide bomber blew up a dining hall in mosul, iraq. >> i was about 20 feet from the bomber. >> reporter: 22 soldiers died. mccaslin knew 19 of them. but he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the physician i was good to go, got back on a plane and returned down range. >> he survived that suicide bomb, but another one broke his back, and this time there was no way to shake off the physical and mental pain. >> when you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that, or you come up and try to save a family, and you
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watch them get executed before you can get to them and save them, those aren't things you can recreate in real life. >> he began drinking heavily and barely slept. >> for two years i was luckynig. >> reporter: eventually his higher ups intervened forcing him into treatment for post traumatic stress disorder or ptsd. he is not alone. nearly 1 in 5 service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression. according to a survey last year by the non-profit organization. now the army is focusing more attention on soldiers' mental and emotional well being. with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. mccaslin agrees the first tep is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> we've got to do a culture change within the military.
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>> reporter: he now speaks to other soldiers as he did recently at ft. hood, texas. his message, that soldiers can and should reach out if they need help. >> soldiers have got to take control of themselves. it's not just everybody needs to take care of me. the soldier's got to take care of themselves. >> as for that army program, all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 170-question survey, it's meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems and direct a soldier to counseling if needed. elaine quijano, cnn, washington. a nasa astronaut has a presidential dinner date in mexico when he returns from space. jose hernandez is a crew member on the space shuttle discovery that's set to rocket into orbit on tuesday. the astronaut was born in california to mexican migrant parents. well, president felipe calderon told hernandez he's happy the astronaut is putting mexico's name in space. he invited hernandez to his presidential home to talk about space over dinner. on wall street, it's all
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hurricane bill is getting weaker, but it's whipping waves around on beaches along the east coast. we will tell you where swimmers are being warned to stay out of the water. and wild fires are burning out of control forcing thousands of people to make a late night run to safety. literally and threatening an historic city. also, group of senior citizens have finally come of age. it is a milestone, they were as teenagers, that's become common place today. this is hln for august 23rd, glad you're with us, i'm susan hendricks. we start with the storm making its way now up to the east coast. bill is weakening and areas along the coast of massachusetts are no longer under a tropical storm warning.
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beaches closed as bill caused dangerous rip tides, but that didn't stop some people from camping out to see just how high the waves would get. >> i'd like to see some 10-foot waves o out there, i really would. something exciting. >> that woman could get her wish by tomorrow night. that's when forecasters think swells will get as high as 19 feet. but the storm is expected to stay offshore. the storm is certainly keeping reynolds wolf busy this weekend. hey, reynolds, what's the latest? >> the storm continues to weaken. the latest we have on it, winds still at 85 and gusting to about 105 miles an hour. you'll notice a lot of dry air starting to move into the west half of the storm. and as it continues to make its way into parts of the north and northeast, it's going to enter cooler water and winds are expected as we get to the afternoon hours, drop to 75 miles per hour sustained by 2:00 p.m. sunday moving well off the eastern sea board where they're going to have heavy surf and
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heavy rainfall. and 2:00 a.m. monday morning with winds at 65 miles an hour, we now have a forecast of it making landfall as a tropical storm into new finland. moving into the atlantic and the pages of history. that's the latest we have on your forecast. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. >> thanks so much for the very latest on bill. meanwhile, take a look at this. this i-report from bermuda shows the strong winds that hit the area. 15-year-old cheresa say people boarded up their homes. looking rough there. hurricane bill didn't hit bermuda too hard, just left rain and flooding. after yesterday it moved on, there was sunny weather. good news, no deaths reported. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast throughout this hour and the entire morning. but since we are hln, we move on now to some of the other stories making headlines. a massive wildfire has
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reached the suburbs of athens, greece, overnight, thousands of people were forced to run for safety during a frantic evacuation. that was in just one of dozens of fires raging out of control. what fire crews are up against. >> reporter: greek officials say this is one of the worst fires they've seen. a wall of raging wildfires closed in on towns and villages northeast of athens. frantic residents and volunteers tried desperately to save their homes. for some, it was too late. >> only if 1 million greeks come and help could we manage to put this out. >> reporter: authorities evacuated two children's hospitals, camp sites and villages threatened by the inferno. the government has declared a state of emergency. this particular fire broke out late friday near the village
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gramm grammatiko. it spread quickly when gail-forced winds rekindled the flame. >> reporter: more than 300 firefighters and soldiers backed by helicopters and water bombers are battling the flame. strong shifting winds are making a difficult job even tougher. the flames are also threatening the ancient and fable town of marathon. forest and brush fires in greece are common in hot-dry summers. two years ago, the worst blazes in decades killed more than 70 people. authorities are hoping history won't repeat itself. cnn, atlanta. fbi director robert muller has blasted the scottish government's release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday muller said the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. he also wrote to scottish justice secretary kenny mcatskill. the scottish government reacted
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sharply saying the u.s. authorities made it clear although they wanted neither compassionate release nor prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release. serious accusations in the wake of devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's foreign minister says it must have been an inside job. high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in a string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities more than two months ago. he thinks more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard, but that doesn't mean he will be able to forget about work. a group opposed to the president's health care proposals is planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent more than $150,000 on the ads
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urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has jumped to at least 650. the country's premiere calls it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are still buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mud slides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuations. the president has promised $3 billion for reconstruction. when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> and i went, get away from me now. >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. 
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some thieves attacked a blind woman and took the money
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she'd raised for charity. they got away with the cash. but as stacy ashley reports, the woman put up quite a fight. >> i was walking down the street with my backpack on my back and i -- >> reporter: she's a fighter by nature. pamela has overcome obstacles. she's legally blind and relies on a cane to get around. but on thursday night, she needed her stick for something different, to fight off robbers. >> and i went get away from me now. i thought this was the end, you know, i thought they were going to do something drastic to me, but they didn't. >> reporter: it happened on main street, she was leaving the force federation, making her way towards the bus stop when she felt someone grab her from behind. >> i felt this tug, and they pulled me back and i fell down and they dragged me for a couple of feet to a point where i finally just gave up the bag, but at the same time, i was hitting them with my stick like this. >> reporter: inside her knapsack, $250, money she raised for charity.
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next weekend she's supposed to take part in biking to the viking, a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis. she hasn't missed a ride in five years. even chemotherapy won't stop her. >> i feel so frustrated right now and confused somebody would do something like that, take money that's not theirs in the first place. >> don't steal from charitable organizations that are out there to help people. it's sickening. >> reporter: the m.s. society doesn't want stolen pledges to keep her from riding. >> we're glad she isn't deterred from coming on the bike tour. and we're happy waive the fees for her. >> oh, good. all right. i'm going to do it too. >> reporter: and with that, she starts tuning up her bike, getting ready for the two-day ride. proving once again nothing will get in her way. you know, it's never too late to celebrate coming of age, even at 100 years old. that's right, one of the six
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women who just celebrated the d bamitzvahs. when they were teenagers, only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys so they had. but women were not even allowed into the religion. >> and then certainly catch up with some of the education that i never got. >> there she is, good for bella. it celebrates becoming responsible for the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. your hmo may soon be giving you an option of getting care overseas as a way to save some cash. the four largest u.s. health insurers have either launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people seeking medical care. now patients with low deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option, but
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people with high out of pocket costs could use the programs as a way to cut down on their expenses. i'm larry smith, for more than two years, michael vick has addressed like this while in public and addresses people on the heels of dog fighting. maybe a reminder of once made him one ofelectrifying players in the nfl. expected to make his debut thursday. the washington post reports the former pro bowl quarterback has really improved this week in practice as he works his way back from 18 months behind bars. how can you tell rich prisoners from the poor ones? they hire consultants. plaxico burress has hired one. his attorney tells the post it will help him get the most out of prison. next month burress is expected to be sentenced for two years in prison. -- due to fears of swine flu, the miami herald quoting sources saying the quarterbacks
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felt sick late in the week. a teen spokesman says that the pair is still undergoing tests. a rush to see your first born come into the world with 20 minutes to spare. red sox second baseman flew home to boston tuesday morning and told the cabby, dude, i'll give you $100 if you get to the hospital as fast as possible. i don't know what i'm doing, but i'm having fun. dylan pedroia is healthy and doing fine. that's sports. well, looks like they're going high-tech. clark howard tells us about new technology that promises to help save money and trees. >> my 9-year-old loves going to self-service registers in the supermarket or the discount store and scanning things with the bar codes. it's like she's having a field day when she gets to ring the stuff up. don't you wish every customer
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felt that way mr. and ms. merchant? and the bar code has really not changed much in a long, long long time. until now. you're going to see over the next year or two some ultra-weird bar codes start appearing on food items, all kinds of good things about this, including things where you will get automatic coupons. where if you buy this item with this item instead of having to pull a coupon out for the companion deal, once the register reads both of those items, it'll give you the special coupon price. and how about this? the bar code will tell you if an item's expired and if it already is, it won't let you buy it in the supermarket. nice safety feature. i'm clark howard, for more ways for you to protect your wallet, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> great information. and that's not it. you can get much more advice from clark today at noon, the nationally syndicated radio host and hln money expert will help you save more, spend less, and
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avoid getting ripped off. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. a grand opening of her new store. also what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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more now on our top story. the big waves hurricane bill is bringing to beaches along the east coast. certainly a big draw for surfers and daredevils, but proven deadly for one man reportedly
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killed while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to rip tides. >> we were only in for 10 minutes, got pushed down the park here. >> how far is that you think? >> probably quarter mile. >> well, life guards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from the beaches. stay here for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate john edwards is now a business owner. yesterday it was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i do more moving furniture around than anything else. it's elizabeth's deal, we invite our family trying to help her. >> she said she was inspired to open the store by her mother who
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owned a charity store. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11th attacks has been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man, 59-year-old grandfather joe crisastomo may be the oldest soldier to die in afghanistan. he died when his humvee hit a roadside bomb. his wife of 39 years says he insisted on going back and serving his country. >> he would take his shirt off and give it to you. he's a giving person. but we're all eventually going to leave the world. some of us just have a shorter time. >> he would've turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning from war only to fight a mental battle here at home. elaine quijano looks at the
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growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder. and what the military is trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from this. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger, first sergeant mccaslin said it was a coffee urn that saved him the day a dining hall blew up in ooi iraq. >> i was 20 feet from the bomber. >> reporter: 22 soldiers died, mccaslin knew 19 of them, he shook it off, so he thought. >> i went back on a plane and went back on range. >> reporter: he returned to combat, but another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was shaking off his physical and psychological pain. and no training that could've stopped him from feeling. >> you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that -- or when you see and you're coming up to try to save family, and you watch them get executed, those are things you
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can recreate in real life. >> reporter: he began drinking heavily and barely slept. >> for over a year, i was lucky to get two or hours of sleep a night. >> reporter: temporarily he was demoted and forced into treatment for ptsd. he is not alone, nearly 1 in 5 service members returning from iraq or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression. according to a survey last year by the non-profit organization. now the army is focusing more attention on soldiers' mental and emotional well being. with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. mccaslin believes the first step is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> stigma kills. and we've got to do a culture change within our military. >> reporter: he now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd. as he did recently at ft. hood,
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texas. his message, that soldiers can and should reach out if they need help. >> soldiers have got to take control of themselves. it's not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of me. the soldiers' got to take care of themselves. >> reporter: all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 170-question survey, meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems and direct a soldier to counseling if needed. elaine quijano, cnn, washington. a nasa astronaut has a presidential dinner date in mexico when he returns from space. oh jose hernandez is a crew member set to rocket into orbit on tuesday. the astronaut was born in california to mexican migrant parents. well, president felipe calderon told hernandez he's happy the astronaut is putting mexico's name in space. he invited hernandez to his presidential home to talk about space over dinner. a hummer dealership's owner decision to add some new
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inventory is paying off big time. >> we had to do something other than just sell hummers. and it's been a huge success so far. >> yep. how he's using gun sales to stay afloat in this tough economy. d
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the tropical storm warning for massachusetts has been dropped. bill has been weakened to category one. it is expected to get weaker throughout the day. hundreds of firefighters are trying to save homes in the path of several wildfires in the athens area of greece. these fires have been burning since friday and have reportedly charred about 30,000 acres. thousands of people are being ordered to evacuate. no injuries have been reported so far. the former president of south korea has been laid to rest. thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects. the ceremony followed six days of mourning for kim, he died tuesday of heart failure.
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we have more now on our top story, which is hurricane bill. the storm has already passed by the north carolina coast, but the hurricane is still kicking up dangerous conditions along the beaches there. >> reporter: the beach is a good place for a midnight stroll. >> it's been good. it's been fine. sunburn from today and we're having fun tonight. >> reporter: but a stroll is about all you'll get. hurricane bill is heading north, but still causing dangerous conditions for the coast, kicking up high surf, sending huge waves to shore and potentially deadly rip currents. >> there were life bars running up and down here screaming at people, making them get out of the water. >> reporter: the national weather service is warning people to stay away from the water. there have been already been several rescues up and down the coast and one person is still missing.
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>> it's kind of scary because you have to grab the little ones they would get sicked back in, it was fun. we were kind of afraid it was going to hit closer to where we were. but it was kind of exciting. >> reporter: as the day turned into night, leslie admitted her family took a chance in the ocean. >> oh, yeah, we were in all day today. not very far, but yeah, we weren't worried about it this is our vacation together as a big family. >> reporter: but the winds could peak at 10 to 14 feet according to the national weather service. they're urging people to stay out of the water until the end of the weekend. >> and our thanks to rodriguez. many were rescued, rip tides caused by hurricane bill. we will look at how hurricane bill is affecting the east coast throughout this hour and the entire morning. but we move on now to some of the other stories making
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headlines. police in canada have intensified their search for a reality show contestant, a murder suspect. the royal canadian mountain police say they're centering their search now for ryan jenkins around vancouver, british columbia. seen here is a millionaire who once appeared on a reality show "megan wants a millionaire." he is accused of killing and dismembering his former wife. her body was found in southern california last week. fbi director robert muller has blasted the scottish government's release of the lockerbie bomber. yesterday muller said the decision gave comfort to terrorists around the world. also wrote to scottish justice secretary saying your action makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own. the scottish government reacted sharply saying u.s. authorities made it clear that although they wanted neither compassionate release or prisoner transfer, they preferred compassionate release.
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serious accusations in the wake of wednesday's devastating bombings in baghdad. iraq's foreign minister said it must have been an inside job. the government said several high-level security personnel have been detained. at least 100 people were killed in a string of attacks. more than 500 wounded. it was the country's deadliest day since the u.s. pulled combat troops from iraqi cities nearly two months ago and left security in the hands of the iraqis. he thinks more serious attacks will likely occur. president obama may be vacationing on martha's vineyard, but that doesn't mean he will be able to forget about work. a group opposed to the president's health care proposals is planning a local tv ad campaign for martha's vineyard. the conservative group has spent more than $150,000 on the ads, urging president obama to drop a government-run health insurance option. the death toll from a typhoon that battered taiwan has
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jumped to at least 650. the country's premiere calls it the worst weather disaster to hit taiwan in 50 years. authorities believe more than 400 bodies are buried under the mud. the storm struck two weeks ago causing massive mud slides and trapping people in remote villages. many victims say the government failed to act quickly and order evacuations. the president has promised $3 billion for reconstruction. the government wants to know who killed one of montana's largest grizzly bears. the u.s. fish and wildlife service says it's offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot the bear. the carcass was found on august 12th on a ranch in northern montana. his name is maximus he stood more than 7 1/2 feet tall and weighed more than 800 pounds.
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hurricane bill is the big story, but not the only weather story. we check in for the rest of your national noer cast. forecast. >> we have to mention this storm is going to create a lot of rip currents along the coast, even the main coast even into the carolinas, you have to watch out for the danger. but as the storm moves off, we're still going to see a chance of scattered showers, especially across parts of the northeast, from the finger lakes as far south as the keystone state of pennsylvania, back into portions of the carolinas, and same story for you in parts of florida. say on i-95 corridor, i-4, even i-75, look for the splash and dash showers, nice and cool for much of the southeast, at least cooler than what we normally get this time of year. relatively dry across the nation's midsection, we head out to the rockies, chance of scattered showers, maybe some thunderstorms and up in big sky country, especially in montana and parts of wyoming, we could deal not only with strong thunderstorms, maybe large hail
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damaging winds and perhaps even a tornado. a quick look at your forecast across the nation. i'm reynolds wolf for hln. the government's huge economic stimulus package was designed to help create jobs. but did you also know it may help create shorter lines at the airport? this morning, our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> reporter: hey, i hope you're relaxing on your summer weekend. you're still going to have to dwrirk shoes off at the airport, but there are improvements to get you into that plane faster. add some new technology to massive government money, hey, they're going to use your taxpayer money, they might as well spend it the way you could see it. this could mean shorter lines at the airport by the end of next week. the stimulus act has $1 billion in it that is earmarked for new airport gear. the x-ray machine, they are going to show a lot more to the agents. that means they're not going to
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have to go through everything in your carry-on and that is a huge reason for those long security lines. plus, they're also going to get gear that does a better job of detecting liquid and gel explosives. so maybe we're going to be able to carry on our lotions and potions and liquids again. but, yes. you will still have to take off your shoes. i'm jennifer westhoven, looking out for you. >> thanks, jen. you can get more great advice each weekday on "morning express" with robin meade from 6:00 to 10:00 a.m. eastern. when a blind woman was attacked, the cane she uses to get around became her weapon. >> and then i went, get away from me now. >> how she fought off some robbers who went after the money she raised for charity. this is hln.
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a blind woman used her cane as a weapon when she was attacked on the street. pamela biot was raising money to take part in a biking charity for multiple sclerosis. the thieves took off with $250 in cash, but didn't get away without a fight. >> i felt this tug, and they pulled me back and i fell down and they dragged me for a couple of feet to a point where i finally just gave up the bag. i thought this was the end, you know, i thought they were going to do something drastic to me, but they didn't. >> pretty terrible, but the m.s. charity is waving the fees and letting her participate anyway. it's never too late to celebrate coming of age, even at 100 years old. that's right. one of the six women who just celebrated their bat mitvahs is
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100. back when they were young, only jewish boys did it as a sign of becoming adults. >> my brothers were boys so they had, but women were just not allowed into the religion. >> and then showed me maybe i'll catch up with some of the education that i never got. >> there she is, good for bella. it included public reading and reciting prayers. it celebrates becoming responsible for the ethical and moral laws of the jewish faith. your hmo may soon be giving you an option of getting care overseas as a way to save some cash. the four largest u.s. health insurers have either launched or are considering programs offering overseas travel to people seeking medical care. patients with low deductibles have been reluctant to explore that option. but people with high out of pocket costs could use the programs as a way to cut down on
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their expenses. i'm larry smith, president obama loves golf and reportedly likes to talk smack on the golf course. he might want to curb that enthusiasm if he matches up with tiger woods. they have talked about playing a round together and the boston herald reports that the secret service was scoping out the exclusive vineyard golf club, raising speculation that woods may join the president there for a round while the obamas are on vacation. time magazine says that obama bets a dollar a hole and is saving it for his daughters' education. michael vick is expected to make his debut on thursday. the former pro bowl quarterback hasn't played in a game in nearly three years. vick has a couple of shots of playing in this preseason and will wait to have the suspension lifted. that decision may not come until week six. michael vick out of jail, younger brother marcus vick
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headed to jail, sentenced to 20 days stemming from a dui conviction last october. bolt don your chairs for this man. he will induct bob knight into the athletic hall of fame nine years after firing the coach for what was called a pattern of unacceptable behavior. he is still immensely popular. it's not known if he will attend the ceremony on november 6th. that's sports. elizabeth edwards has a new business venture. what she had to say about the scandal surrounding her husband, former presidential candidate john edwards.
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more now on our top story. the big waves hurricane bill is bringing to beaches along the east coast. certainly a big draw for surfers and daredevils, but it's proven deadly for one man reportedly killed while body surfing at a florida beach. swimmers and surfers came dangerously close to rip tides yesterday. >> well, i was about knee deep and you could feel it pulling back real bad. >> we were in for maybe ten minutes and got pushed down the
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park here. >> about how far? >> probably quarter mile. >> well, life guards and police are taking drastic measures to keep people away from beaches. stay right here with hln for the latest hurricane details. elizabeth edwards, the wife of former presidential candidate john edwards is now a business owner. yesterday, it was the grand opening for her new furniture store in chapel hill, north carolina. when asked about the scandal, though, involving her husband, edwards dismissed the question. >> tabloid news is tabloid news. >> i do more moving furniture around than anything else. it's elizabeth's deal, but everybody in our family is trying to help her. >> elizabeth edwards says she was inspired to open the store by her mother who owned a charity store where she sold japanese antiques. edwards says the store is a family endeavor. a vietnam vet who reenlisted in the army after the september 11th attacks have been killed in action in afghanistan. the military says this man,
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59-year-old grandfather joe crisosotomo may be the oldest soldier to die in afghanistan. his wife of 39 years says he insisted of going back and serving his country. >> he would take his shirt off and give it to you. he was a giving person. we're all eventually going to leave the world, you know. but some of us just have a shorter time. >> he would've turned 60 later this month. he was decorated twice with the bronze star for combat valor. many u.s. troops are returning from war only to fight a mental battle here at home. elaine quijano looks at the growing problem of post traumatic stress disorder and what the military is trying to do to help soldiers who are suffering from this. >> reporter: for all his training as an army ranger first
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sergeant says it was a coffee urn that shielded and saved him. the day a suicide bomber blew up a dining hall in mosul, iraq. 22 soldiers died, he knew 19 of them. but he shook it off, or so he thought. >> i convinced the doctor that i was together and went back down to range. >> reporter: another suicide bomb left him with a broken back. this time there was no shaking off his physical and psychological pain. and no training that could've stopped him from feeling. >> you watch people burn alive and the smells that come from that or when you see and you're coming up to try to save family and watching them get executed before you can get to them and save them, those are things you can recreate in life. >> reporter: he began drinking heavily and barely slept. >> i was lucky to get two hours of sleep every night. i was a walking zombie. >> eventually his higher ups
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intervened and forced him into treatment for post traumatic stress disorder or ptsd. mccaslin is not alone. nearly one in five service members or afghanistan reported suffering symptoms of ptsd or depression, according to a survey last nearby the nonprofit rand organization. now the army is focusing on soldiers' mental and emotional well-being, with new training aimed at helping them deal with mental health problems. he believes the first step is getting soldiers to overcome their fears of looking weak. >> >> stigma kills. >> reporter: he now speaks to other soldiers about ptsd as he did recently at fort hood, texas. his message that, soldiers can and should reach out if they need help. >> soldiers have got to take care control of themselves, it's not just, hey, everybody needs to take care of me. the soldiers have to take care
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of themselves. >> reporter: as for the army program, all active duty and reserve soldiers will have to take a 170-question survey, meant to identify potential mental and emotional problems, and direct a soldier to counseling if needed. elaine quijano, cnn, washingtonful. in washington, it's all about bears and bulls, but in other areas of the country, it's about cows. how the nation's dairy system is suffering a crisis as severe as wall street. >> hi there, i'm robin meade. hoping you're loving your weekend. in the week ahead, we find out whether you're feeling better about the economy. the latest figures on consumer confidence and new home sales could have a big impact on the markets. and debate over gay adoption. late last year, a florida couple won a court battle to adopt their two foster children. right now, florida is the only state with an outright ban on gay adoption.
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plus, space shuttle "discovery", and we show you the pictures. cool. started tomorrow, every weekday at 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. eastern.
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